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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Mass Casualty Incident Training

On February 16th, 17th, and 18th, 2009, the Amherst Police conducted a training to prepare and practice their response procedures for a mass casualty incident. The training was facilitated by the Massachusetts State Police Special Tactical Operations (STOP) Team. The Amherst Police Department was joined by law enforcement command staff from the University of Massachusetts Police Department throughout the three day exercise.

In addition to police tactics staff, members of the Amherst Fire Department Administration and tactical EMT unit participated in the training as well. As a result of the training, tactical EMT's were able to review strategies that would be employed in the event of a mass casualty incident in order to effectively treat and transport the injured. In addition to rescue operations, the training focused on team formations, patterns of movement and appropriate force responses.

Administrators from the Amherst School District were also present during the three-day exercise to observe the training. They will review and familiarize all school department staff with the response procedures so that they will be better equipped should an incident occur at one of the schools.

Funding for a portion of this training was provided by the Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council after initial approval from the WRHSAC Training subcommittee. This funding is administered by the Franklin Regional Council of Government.

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